Saturday night I hosted my annual Christmas cookie exchange for the 5th year. This is always my most favorite holiday party of the season mostly because it’s a night where I get to hang out with all my girlfriends and enjoy the Christmas season. The evening is always low key with 3-4 appetizers and a bar cart thats full. I always make at least one seasonal cocktail and this year I choose a Christmas Sangria along with mulled wine and champagne. The best part of course is everyone walks away with boxes full of cookies to share. Hosting for all these years I’ve learned a thing or two and wanted to share a few of my tips to make the cookie exchange helpful.

  1. I make the event the same date every year so my guests know when to expect the party to take place. It’s always the first Saturday evening in December.
  2. Prepare at least 3-4 appetizers depending on the time of the party. I try to do one main hot dish and then several smaller bites like a veggie tray and cheese plate.
  3. Every year I serve mulled wine as this is a favorite for several guests. I also make a seasonal cocktail each year as well, and this year was Christmas Sangria which I will share with you in a few days.
  4. If serving wine make sure to have at least 2 bottles of both red and white as guests usually have a preference.
  5. When I send out the invitation I always ask guests to bring at least 2 dozen of their favorite cookies, this way we are sure to have enough for everyone.
  6. I always have treat sacks and cookie boxes ready for guests to make extra bags of cookies for friends or neighbors. Some years I’ve even had an entire wrapping station put together for everyone to use.
  7. Make a Christmas play list or use Pandora for the evenings music selection and light lots of candles around the house.
  8. Enjoy the evening.
  • I really want to do something like this with my girlfriends next year! Your set up looked so nice 🙂

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  • Sara Mueller

    This is wonderful Noelani! I love this so much and your tips are great!

    I used to host one! I really miss it, but with moving I don’t always find friends that love baking as much as I do. One time I got asked if they could buy the cookies to bring to the party. Seriously!